Pride & Prejudice & Zombies – Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith

Title: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Author: Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith
ISBN: 9781594743344
Pages: 320
Release Date: April 4, 2009
Publisher: Quirk Books
Genre: Satire, Fantasy
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary:

It’s Pride & Prejudice…but with an unexpected twist.  Now the classic novel beloved by millions has zombies!  Will Lizzie and Darcy find true love, or will brain-eating zombies cut their lives short?

Review:

When my book club picked Pride and Prejudice and Zombies as our monthly read, I wasn’t sure what to think.  On one hand, I knew I definitely wanted to read the book, simply to see what all the fuss was about.  Plus, honestly (seeing as how Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was the first in what has become a wave of “updated” classic works) I thought it was a unique and creative idea, one that had the potential to be very funny.  However, I was also hesitant.  While the idea behind the novel was amusing, I knew it could get old very quickly. All in all, I was very curious when I first opened the book’s pages.

I was very surprised to discover that Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was simply delightful!  It was seriously funny – Grahame-Smith has a deft hand, inserting zombie scenes and references to Elizabeth’s status as a ninja where they feel almost natural.  Surprisingly, the satire never gets old – I chuckled just as much at the end of the book as I did at the beginning.  Additionally, the work is something like 85% Austen’s words – Seth Grahame-Smith left the main body intact and simply spruced up the edges.  The book is still the Pride & Prejudice we know and love – just now with a little something extra.

One complaint I had is that there actually wasn’t enough zombie for me.  Grahame-Smith handles the zombies with little explanation or elaboration.  They are simply a fact of life in Regency England.  I would have loved it if the zombies had their own plotline – if, along with Lizzie and Darcy finally overcoming their differences and acknowledging their love for one another, they also solved the mystery of where the zombies came from or why they have been more brazen with their attacks as of late.  But of course, that would have required an even larger detour from the original Pride and Prejudice text, which I’m sure the author wanted to avoid.  I’m sure even this version has Jane Austen rolling around in her grave (no pun intended!)

If you’re an Austen purist, run away from Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.  Run away screaming, as if zombies were coming to eat your brains.  But if you enjoy satire and parody, and also love Pride & Prejudice, I think you’ll find a lot to enjoy in this book.  I’m definitely glad I read it.

Comments

  1. Yeah, I felt like this was a riot. So close to the original, zingers would always make me laugh 🙂

  2. Yeah, I felt like this was a riot. So close to the original, zingers would always make me laugh 🙂

  3. I heard that they were going to do a prequel so maybe you can get your backstory there.

  4. I heard that they were going to do a prequel so maybe you can get your backstory there.

  5. I don’t plan to read this book, but I am a bit curious.

  6. I don’t plan to read this book, but I am a bit curious.

  7. I’m glad you enjoyed this, but I’m still not convinced it’s for me.

  8. I’m glad you enjoyed this, but I’m still not convinced it’s for me.

  9. I loved this book – I thought it was very witty. It had me laughing out loud in several places. My husband even liked hearing about it. . . and he usually runs when I mention P&P!

  10. I loved this book – I thought it was very witty. It had me laughing out loud in several places. My husband even liked hearing about it. . . and he usually runs when I mention P&P!

  11. I loved Pride and Prejudice way too much to read this one and I am completely grossed out by zombies, so I know I can’t read this one. I will be reading Sense and Sensibilities Sea Monsters however. I didn’t like that one so much and I would mind if a sea monster had a few of those characters for dinner.

  12. I loved Pride and Prejudice way too much to read this one and I am completely grossed out by zombies, so I know I can’t read this one. I will be reading Sense and Sensibilities Sea Monsters however. I didn’t like that one so much and I would mind if a sea monster had a few of those characters for dinner.

  13. I enjoyed this one a lot too. He managed to make the zombie mayhem perfectly plausible.

  14. I enjoyed this one a lot too. He managed to make the zombie mayhem perfectly plausible.

  15. I have this on my list and I can’t wait!

  16. I have this on my list and I can’t wait!

  17. Glad you enjoyed this book! It was such a fun read! Great review!!

  18. Glad you enjoyed this book! It was such a fun read! Great review!!

  19. I know a lot of Austen purists have issues with this, but she actually seems like a good fit, since she was so into satire herself!

  20. I know a lot of Austen purists have issues with this, but she actually seems like a good fit, since she was so into satire herself!

  21. I have this out from the library but haven’t got around to reading it yet. I am mostly just curious, so not going into it expecting a masterpiece.

  22. I have this out from the library but haven’t got around to reading it yet. I am mostly just curious, so not going into it expecting a masterpiece.

  23. Someone sent me the cover art for this book a few months back and I honestly thought it was a joke – not a real book! I can’t say that I particularly care for the idea, but it does sound well-done from your description.

    Interesting!

  24. Someone sent me the cover art for this book a few months back and I honestly thought it was a joke – not a real book! I can’t say that I particularly care for the idea, but it does sound well-done from your description.

    Interesting!

  25. I bought this book a couple of months ago, and I hope to read it soon. It sounds like a lot of fun. I flipped through it a bit, and the illustrations look great.

    –Anna
    Diary of an Eccentric

  26. I bought this book a couple of months ago, and I hope to read it soon. It sounds like a lot of fun. I flipped through it a bit, and the illustrations look great.

    –Anna
    Diary of an Eccentric

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